With an endless list of hostels & hotels in Japan at every price range, choosing where to stay in Japan can be overwhelming and time-consuming… That’s why we decided to list all the best accommodations in Japan we personally like the most. They are all trendy, with a good location, have an excellent rating, and a cozy atmosphere. And the best part: all at an affordable price. If that’s what you’re searching for? Be sure to check them out!
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Best accommodations in Tokyo
As the world’s largest city it can be super overwhelming to decide where to stay in Tokyo. There are so many different areas in Tokyo and thousands of options for any budget. The best areas and places to stay in Tokyo which we personally like the most are Shinjuku, Ueno, Roppongi, and Asakusa. All these areas have a good public transport connection, are located close to all highlights and have lots of shops and restaurants nearby. Perfect for anyone who’s visiting Tokyo for the first time! Below we listed 3 accommodations in Tokyo which are all located in Shinjuku.
Best accommodations in Japan: Kawaguchiko
Kawaguchiko is definitely one of our most favorite places in Japan. It’s a peaceful town located near the beautiful Kawaguchiko Lake with incredible views on mount Fuji. As it is a small village with not much choice of accommodations, we recommend booking in advance, especially when you go during the blossom or autumn season. We stayed in Kagelow Mt. Fuji Hostel which had a perfect location, a cozy atmosphere, and super clean rooms. We could also rent a bike at a much cheaper price than renting it in town. Below we listed 3 of our favorite places to stay in Kawaguchiko.
Best accommodations in Takayama
One of the best places to stay in Japan and our personal favorite is Takayama. Takayama is a charming cute little town located in the foothills of the Japanese Alps. Small traditional houses, some beautiful temples, shrines, a morning market, and peaceful parks where you have stunning views over the whole area. Takayama is also the perfect location to do some great outdoor activities like hiking or cycling or visiting the Unesco Heritage Site of Shirakawa-Go. We recommend you to stay at least 2 nights to have enough time to enjoy the surroundings. Below we listed 3 of our favorite places to stay in Takayama which are all located close to town.
Best accommodations in Kyoto
One of the highlights of our 3-week trip through Japan was definitely Kyoto, also known as the cultural heart of the country. With 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, plenty of charming neighborhoods, historic castles, traditional houses, and many unique temples, you can easily fill a whole week here without getting bored. We spend 5 days in Kyoto which was perfect. As there thousands of options to choose from, we listed below 3 of the most favorite places to stay in Kyoto.
Best accommodations in Nara
Nara is a cute little town famous for its huge park where you can spot hundreds of free-roaming deer. Most people visit Nara as a day trip from Kyoto or Osaka as it’s only a short train away, but we loved staying here for one night and can’t recommend it enough. In Nara town, you’ll find a few good bakeries and on the Higashimuki Shopping Street, you’ll find lots of souvenir shops and restaurants. Below we listed our 3 favorite places to stay in Nara which are all located close to Nara Park.
Best accommodations in Osaka
Osaka is known as the food capital of Japan and one of the best cities for foodies all over the world. But besides the huge food scene, the city has many more amazing things to offer. Photogenic streets filled with beautiful neon lights, cute little alleys to get lost in, lots of shopping districts, peaceful parks, and temples. We stayed 3 nights in Osaka which was the perfect amount of time to explore all the highlights. Below we listed 3 of our most favorite places to stay in Osaka, all with a good location and excellent rating.
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